Kim Jon Un’s Sister In US State Department Blacklist
Kim Yo Jong has been identified as vice-director of the Workers’ Party of Korea Propaganda and Agitation Department (PAD).The U.S. Department of State’s latest blacklist of North Korean officials includes a name that could be closer to the country’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un than the others -- his sister Kim Yo Jong.
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WASHINGTON — In the next four years, North Korea may join China and Russia as the only countries with the ability to reach the US's West Coast with nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles.
"Over the past year, North Korea has crossed technical thresholds that were previously thought to be beyond their reach for years," Victor Cha, senior adviser and Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said during a panel discussion.
"The normally aggressive regime has taken an unusually violent path, even by their own extraordinary standards," Cha added.
Elite North Korean defector says more diplomats waiting to defect to Seoul - Yonhap
More high-level North Korean diplomats are waiting to defect to South Korea from their overseas posts in Europe, Pyongyang's former deputy ambassador to London said on Tuesday, according to the Yonhap News Agency. Thae Yong Ho defected to South Korea in August last year and since December 2016 has been speaking to local media and appearing on variety television shows to discuss his defection to Seoul and his life as a North Korean envoy."A significant number of North Korean diplomats came to South Korea recently," Thae said, according to Yonhap."I am not the only one from Europe.
In the last 14 years, Pyongyang was responsible for 16 missile tests and one nuclear test. By comparison, in 2016 alone, the Hermit Kingdom conducted 25 ballistic-missile tests and two nuclear tests.
A timeline of North Korea's missile tests so far in 2016 »
The acceleration and frequency in testing shows not only the North's nuclear ambitions but also that the rogue nation has developed something of an arsenal.
Which leaves the obvious question, what does North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ultimately want?
"What does Kim Jong-un want?" Cha said repeating the question. "I think he wants to ... he wants a peace treaty with the United States as a nuclear weapons state. I think that's what he wants."
North Korea may test-launch ICBM soon - South Korean media
North Korea may be preparing to test-launch a new, upgraded prototype of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), South Korean media reported on Thursday, citing military sources.In his New Year's speech, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country was close to test launching an ICBM, and state media has said a launch could come at any time. Experts on the isolated nuclear capable country's missile programme believe the claims to be credible.
"I would add to that, that the North Koreans clearly would like to loosen, if not fracture, US alliances with Seoul and Tokyo, beginning with Seoul, certainly," said Ambassador Robert Gallucci, the lead negotiator with North Korea in the 1990s in the Agreed Framework process.
"And they will do a lot to achieve that, and including, perhaps, enter negotiations," Gallucci noted.
"Similar to what Bob said, [Kim Jong Un] also wants China to continue to treat North Korea as a special relationship, not a normal state-to-state relationship," said Chris Johnson, senior adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
"And I would add to it also that he wants to be able to maintain total control, a type of government that he has with him as the pure dictator," said retired US Army General Walter "Skip" Sharp, a former commander of US Forces-Korea.
The panel of scholar-practitioners agreed that the new administration would have to deal with North Korea "almost immediately upon taking office."
"More often than not, we measure the mettle of presidencies by the unexpected crises that they must deal with. For President Bush, this was clearly the terrorist attacks of 9/11, it completely changed almost every element of his presidency. For President-elect Trump, this crisis could very well come from North Korea," Cha said.
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YouTube has deleted content related to North Korea again, and it is unclear why .
Several weeks after the closure of the North Korean national television YouTube account, the online video giant has deleted the two Youtubers, one Polish, the other Vietnamese, used to videos about North Korea. "Your content is incompatible with the community". Here is an excerpt from the message received on January 17 by Vietnamese Youtuber Vũ Nam Phương, who saw his channel devoted to North Korea - 350 videos on the clock -, deleted by YouTube.